What a great place to stay fish and relax. The people there are the best and so helpful. Will be back
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Recently returned from a vacation to Alaska and wanted to recommend one placed we stayed, Bear Essentials in Anchor Point (about 20-30 minutes from Homer). If you want to get off the beaten path and enjoy nature and good company at reasonable prices, then this is the place to stay.
Bear Essentials is located about 2-3 miles off Sterling Highway 1 on a gravel road. The cabin, along with the furniture in it, was hand built by the owner Ken. (His furniture is for sale; which can be customized to your specifications). The cabin has two rooms, one that holds a maximum of four people and another that holds a maximum of six. Despite being off the track, each room is equipped with running water (shower, sink, toilet) and our room (Bear Den) even had a television. Perfect for those that “like camping” but prefer their own bathroom!!
Every morning Karl and his wife Jane (cabin caretakers) served us a wonderful warm breakfast and in the evening marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate would appear at the mere mention of food as we sat around the campfire. Ken (and his brother Steve) entertained us with stories of their experiences in Alaska (ask about when he tried to “pet” a moose) while we enjoyed the midnight sun. He was a truly gracious host, even allowing us to borrow his ATV so we could explore the forest around us.
Given its location, you will need a vehicle in order to enjoy the area around Anchor Point, which offers fishing and clamming for people that enjoy those activities. Homer is an easy drive from Bear Essentials and offers a multitude of tourist activities including kayaking, flight seeing, shopping, etc.
This was definitely one of the most enjoyable places we stayed while in Alaska and hope to return in the future. Ken is currently building a second log cabin next to the first, which might be completed in 2007??